I felt like writing a post about charity this week, what it’s main focus was I hadn’t yet decided and it’s a decision that still hasn’t been made so I’m just gonna ramble for a few paragraphs and see what happens.
No doubt it’ll be a funny/entertaining/boring read because I’m a funny/entertaining/boring bastard.
Speaking of funny (c whut i did thar?) the reason I’ve been thinking about charity is because of the bi-yearly event that’s currently taking place on English television, Comic Relief. Set up in the mid eighties to help battle the struggles mainly in Africa, to tackle famine, povety and disease. A noble cause to be sure and throughout the show you get a glimpse of what things are like over there.
Safe to say it’s pretty hell on Earth over there, so every other year they host a huge event where they try and get everyone in the country to sponsor, donate, raise cash and every time they always make more than what they made on their previous show with the last show raising over £74 million.
It always makes me wonder though, what difference is it making? As I watch Comic Relief I see how just £5 can save one person from certain death due to disease; yet every year things seem to just be getting worse. They pile all these sob stories upon us to try and guilt us into donating our hard earned money and while it is a shame to see what’s happening to these poor people obviously what’s being done isn’t good enough. How about spending such money on moving these people away from desolate, diseased, disgusting areas of the world and putting them somewhere else?
The same goes for most charities though, whatever most of the charities are doing isn’t enough. The millions and billions that’s being poured into them… what difference have we seen? Have we rid the world of cancer? Have we even gotten close to curing it? Or AIDs? Have we rehoused the homeless? Of course not because then these charities wouldn’t need to exist and then what would be lining the pockets of the people running these things? You’re taking our money and producing no results. Great stuff.
What also annoys me about Comic Relief is the whole point of the show is to show whatever comedy they can, cram in a load of celebrities, make us laugh and then stick in a clip of a sick African kid to make us feel guilty for laughing.
Then they show some pointless celebrity over in Africa visiting and filming the sick African kids, looking a bit teary eyed and pleading for us to give them money. Then they cut back to the studio and it’s all smiles again and back to the comedy. The whole thing is just fake bullshit. Do the comedians mention Comic Relief again after that night? Continue to plead for money via social networks? Of course not, they’re not on the television any more. That’s their free air time over with.
I remember when you used to get people standing outside holding a can/bucket for charity, you’d pop a few quid in and walk along; now you get them standing on street corners with clipboards or coming round to your house asking for your bank details; trying to lay the guilt trip on about whatever charity they’re working for. Pretending that they really care about the work they’re doing. They don’t give a shit, those jobs are purely commission based. They want your bank details so they can get their cut. They don’t give a shit if you cancel afterwards.
I worked for one of these companies for about 4 days, shadowing someone else. They sent us to the roughest parts of Rotherham and Sheffield to try and con poor people out of their details for some Autism charity called HFT, I couldn’t bring myself to actually ask anyone to part with their bank details while dancing around pretending to be overly happy and looking like a right dick. So I got in my car half way through the day and drove home, leaving the idiots that I’d given a lift to to find their own way back to Sheffield City Centre and looked for a real job. (Ended up selling gas and electric for a living shortly after that so I didn’t look hard enough)
The charities that piss me off the most are the animal ones; because you have sick and diseased humans about the world but you get World Wildlife Fund asking you to save a panda or some shit. Panda’s are going to die out eventually anyway and giving you millions upon millions of pounds isn’t going to stop that. Get a grip and get the fuck off of my television.
That’s not to say though that all charities are bollocks; the local ones are probably the best because you can see that they’re not in it for the money in most cases and things such as Help The Aged I agree with because the aged are treated like shit in this country and I would hope if I actually make it to old age there’s going to be help for me then too. Places such as hospitals trying help the sick children.
I have donated to charity sure, but events such as Comic Relief and “Red Nose Day” probably make me feel the least charitable of any day during the year. “Oh look it’s David Beckham giving a pre-recorded video from his villa in one of the 9 countries he has properties in asking us to give money, what an awesome guy he must be.”